Greg Thorpe appointed to convene the CIGRE Australian Panel on Markets and Regulation

Executive Director, Greg Thorpe has been appointed to convene the Australian Panel for CIGRE C5 – Market and Regulation.  Greg recently attended the CIGRE Paris session* where he was a Special Reporter for Study Committee C5.

The Paris Session is unlike any other conference. It offers an in-depth interactive congress, following a rigorous process where, rather than being presented, hundreds of papers are collaboratively debated.

Their papers are circulated to delegates and carefully analysed in advance by the Study Committee ‘Special Reporters’. Before the Paris Session, these Special Reporters prepare a series of questions addressed to the community in order to stimulate contributions.

The ‘Group Discussion Meeting’ of each Study Committee, managed by the Special Reporter, allows the selected ‘Contributors’ to present their point of view and experience, before an audience of experts, who are then invited to contribute their ideas and discuss the papers and other’s contribution. This way the collective expertise of the Contributors is harnessed to create new ideas that build on what the author presented in their paper under discussion.

New ideas and knowledge are synthesised the following day in what are called ‘Daily Reports’. These, along with other Group Discussion Meeting inputs, form the basis of what the CIGRE Study Committees and their ‘Working Groups’ will focus on in the following two years.

* Every two years, the world’s number one global power system event is run by CIGRE in Paris, France. Known as the Paris Session, this event attracts members from across the whole CIGRE community and many associated professionals.  The Paris Session had over 3,500 attendees from 98 countries and 302 trade exhibitions visited by over 5,500 people.

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